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Anthony Pateras : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Transmutations : for percussion sextet by Anthony Pateras, from the CD Mutant theatre

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Anthony Pateras is a composer, pianist and electroacoustic musician working with a musical language at the nexus of notation, improvisation and electronic music.

As pianist he has performed his work at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), the Sydney Opera House, the ICA (London), Concertgebouw Bruges, Foundaçao Serravles (Porto), Hamer Hall (Melbourne), Logan Centre for the Arts (Chicago), Ancienne Belgique (Brussels), Stavanger Konserthus, State Theatre (Sydney), Melos-Ethos (Bratislava), and the Adelaide Festival.

As composer his work has been performed by Brett Dean/Los Angeles Philharmonic, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Markus Stenz, Richard Tognetti & Satu Vänskä, Eugene Ughetti/Speak Percussion, Percussion Group The Hague, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Ensemble Hiatus, Australian Art Orchestra, Timothy Munro and Third Coast Percussion, Erkki Veltheim, Percussionists of the Basel Symphony, Ensemble Intégrales Hamburg and Vanessa Tomlinson, amongst others.

Pateras has performed with musical innovators including vocalist Mike Patton (Great American Music Hall, San Francisco) drummer Han Bennink (Melbourne Jazz Festival), guitarist Stephen O'Malley (Instants Chavirés, Paris) drummer Paul Lovens (Musica Genera, Szeczin), DJ eRikm (Festival Cable, Nantes), and toured across France/Switzerland with the Necks with his own Pateras/Baxter/Brown trio in 2008.

Distinctions include releasing two albums on John Zorn's Tzadik Composer Series, two compositions in competition at the Gaudemaus Music Week in 2004 and representing Australia twice at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers. He was the recipient of the Ian Potter Composer Fellowship in 2008, and in 2010 was composer-in-residence at both the Australian National Academy of Music and the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California.

Projects in 2013 included the composition of a 60-minute work for percussion sextet and 6-channel electronics for Synergy, a 50-minute work for the Stavanger-based group the Kitchen Orchestra in which the composer performed and conducted, and a Commande d'etat from the French Government for Ensemble Hiatus, culminating in a major work for ensemble which was recorded and broadcast at Radio France. Additionally he was invited to perform solo piano concerts at the London Contemporary Music Festival and Vivid Festival Sydney.

In 2009 Südwestrundfunk in Baden-Baden invited Anthony Pateras for the New Jazz Meeting, a prestigious radio commission initiated in the late 1960s to research connections between contemporary composition and jazz improvisation. He wrote a 50 minute work that toured across Germany and Switzerland with an ensemble of his choosing (THYMOLPHTHALEIN), that was subsequently broadcast multiple times on SWR2.

He has composed extensively for orchestral percussion and has had retrospectives of his percussion works performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Queensland Music Festival, as well as a major premiere of his 12-tet Flesh and Ghost at Hobart's MONA FOMA in 2011. Touring the US and Europe extensively with his piano-grindcore duo (PIVIXKI) in the same year, he then composed and performed an immersive quadraphonic work for the Melbourne Town Hall organ commissioned by the City of Melbourne. In 2012 he established his own record label Immediata, releasing a 5-CD box set documenting his first decade of music making.

Anthony has written numerous short film scores that have featured at Cannes, Telluride, Edinburgh, Sundance, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals for directors Pia Borg, Eron Sheean and Ben Hackworth. Also contributing some prepared piano sounds for the Wolf Creek soundtrack, in 2012 he scored his first feature film entitled Errors of the Human Body, which culminated in his 4th release for electronic music imprint Editions Mego. Previous to his film work he was prolific in the theatre, performing numerous scores live at LaMama, the Malthouse and Belvoir Street.

Pateras is currently contributing music to a film on Antonin Artaud directed by Sylvère Lotringer, founder of Semiotext(e).

Biography provided by the composer — current to April 2014

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2012 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Flesh & Ghost
2007 Ian Potter Music Commission Emerging Composer
2004 International Rostrum of Composers Recommended Work Chromatophore

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